Former Apple engineers found Pearl, introduce RearVision camera accessory for your car

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Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 10:40
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Software

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While Apple still has yet to publicly acknowledge its car project, a number of former Apple employees have formed a startup called Pearl, which was co-founded by three former Apple engineers. The crew, which helped design several generations of iPods and iPhones in years past, has hired approximately 70 employees and begun working on a rearview camera that’s being unveiled today.

The camera, known as RearVision, functions as a set of rearview cameras that fit around your license plate and sync with your smartphone. The differentiator is the attention to quality and detail that Apple is known for.

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Recent changes to Apple’s retail, online stores may indicate near-term exit for non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro with optical drive

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Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 07:04
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, retail, Rumor

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The curtain might finally be drawing to a close on the non-Retina MacBook Pro with an optical drive.

Recent changes to Apple’s online store have tucked the model out of the way on the main MacBook Pro page and hidden at the bottom of the ‘buy‘ page. It now appears that the company is doing the same thing in its retail stores to the last remaining product of an optical drive bygone era.

At present, customers can still buy the non-retina 13-inch MacBook Pro in retail locations as well as online, but essentially have to ask for it by name these days. The units, which arrive with 4GB of RAM and a slow 500GB spinning metal drive are still priced at $1,099, just $100 below a starter 13-inch MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM and a speedy 256GB PCIe-based SSD.

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Apple patent highlights dual-layer LCD displays with theoretical 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio

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Date: Thursday, June 16th, 2016, 17:37
Category: Hardware, News

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This could lead to an absolutely amazing display.

In a recently published patent application, Apple describes a technology that could reduce image artifacts in high dynamic range (HDR) dual-layer LCDs, technology that could theoretically boost a typical display’s contrast ratio to 1,000,000 to 1.

In its “Devices and methods of image-splitting for dual-layer high dynamic range displays” application, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple touts the optical benefits of dual-layer LCD systems, specifically the ability to reproduce high contrast imagery.

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Rumor: Apple ramping up procurement for second-gen Apple Watch, could release units this fall

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Date: Thursday, June 16th, 2016, 08:52
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Watch OS, Wearables

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In the midst of a news-filled week at WWDC, sources within the supply chain have been cited as saying that Apple may be gearing up to launch the second-generation Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 7, in September.

Shipments of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch are set to begin in the third quarter, the sources indicated.

While the time frame is understandably vague, the component production range of July to September would be compatible with Apple launching the Watch with the iPhone 7. If the next iPhone is an iterative model, as widely expected, then a new Watch could give the launch event more punch.

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WWDC: Apple switching from HFS+ to Apple File System with macOS Sierra

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Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, 13:18
Category: Developer, Hardware, News, Software

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In the midst of new announcements and changes at WWDC, Apple took the wraps off its Apple File System during its Platform State of the Union event after the keynote speech. The change marks the replacement of the HFS+ file system, which has been used by Apple for more than 18 years.

According to a document on Apple’s Developer site, Apple File System improves on HFS+ while supporting “nearly all” of its features. But it’s optimized for flash and SSD storage, with modern touches like 64-bit support and strong encryption.

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Resources, references in macOS Sierra API hint at upcoming Touch ID, OLED touch bar for upcoming Apple products

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Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, 07:03
Category: Developer, Hardware, News, Sierra, Software, Uncategorized

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It may be a convoluted mess to dig through, but sometimes source code hints at some interesting new resources that portend upcoming technologies.

Hidden inside Apple’s API differences web site for macOS Sierra are references to several additions that could include an OLED touch bar and Touch ID support.

Last month it was reported that Apple was planning a major MacBook Pro revamp that would bring support for Touch ID as well as a new OLED touch bar in place of the function keys. Now, macOS Sierra API changes further hint at those upcoming features…

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Designer’s renderings show what next-gen MacBook Pro could look like with OLED touch panel

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Date: Friday, June 10th, 2016, 08:20
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

This could be really interesting.

Designer Martin Hajek has rendered a graphical simulation of a MacBook Pro incorporating an OLED touchbar, something that’s been rumored for the next-gen MacBook Pro, which has been anticipated for release later this year.

The concept shows what such an OLED system could look like in a current MacBook Pro and is pretty damn impressive.

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Bluetooth 5 standard to be announced next week, will double range, quadruple speeds

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Date: Friday, June 10th, 2016, 08:56
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, News, Software

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Bluetooth 5, the next generation of the Bluetooth standard, is set to be formally announced next week.

The standard will offer double the range and quadruple the speed of the current Bluetooth protocol.

Executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mark Powell, revealed the news in a published email this week. The Bluetooth SIG, which is backed by Apple, Intel, and other major technology companies, will officially make the announcement on June 16 in London.

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Belkin releases USB-C Car Charger with USB-PD features

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 14:27
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

This could be interesting.

Accessory maker Belkin has launched what it claims to be the first USB-C car charger to support USB-PD (power delivery), dubbed the “USB-C Car Charger + Cable”. While there are already multiple USB-C car chargers on the market, generally priced around $10 to $15, that also support quick-charging features of advanced USB-C devices, Belkin’s device supports not only 5V (the traditional max voltage of USB), but 9V over USB-C thanks to its implementation of the new USB-PD spec.

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This, in turn, makes it better suited for charging some notebooks and tablets.

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Rumor: Apple to unveil updated MacBook Air, MacBook Pro models in June

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 11:33
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, Touch ID, USB-C, WWDC

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Rumors have come down the pipe from assorted suppliers that Apple may announce updated MacBook Air notebooks this month as opposed the August. The rumor also states that Apple might refresh its entire MacBook line earlier than expected,

The report, citing “a reliable Chinese supplier,” mentions earlier rumors that Apple will discontinue the smaller 11-inch MacBook Air to focus on 13-inch and all-new 15-inch models. All of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are expected to be equipped with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, while USB-A, MagSafe 2, and Thunderbolt 2 ports found on existing models will allegedly be removed.

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